Tim Bogar moves on from the Rangers

The Texas Rangers announced Monday night that Tim Bogar will leave the organization.

Bogar was hired after the 2013 season as bench coach and took over as interim manager when Ron Washington resigned in September. Bogar was considered the favorite to get the job full-time, but that position went to Jeff Banister, who was announced as the new manager Friday.

"Jeff Banister and I have both had discussions with Tim over the last few days as we began the process of putting a major league coaching staff together, and we have decided that it is best for us to go in another direction," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said in a statement. "I have indicated to Tim that he has the option of accepting another position within the organization and, at present, he is going to look at other potential opportunities. I want to thank Tim for his contributions to the Rangers this past season, especially as interim manager under some very difficult circumstances."

Bogar went 14-8 in place of Washington and was praised for his work in communicating and trying different things with the lineup, such as having Leonys Martin lead off and mixing in different players in the No. 3 spot.

Bogar conducted exit interviews with several players after the 2014 season ended, leading to more speculation he would get the manager's job. Daniels said Banister simply won the job over Bogar, and that it wasn't due to any negative action on Bogar's part.

The Rangers are in Surprise, Arizona, this week, conducting interviews to finalize the coaching staff and to get Banister updated on several players in the Arizona Fall League.